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The symbol shows the location of the Oxford (Oxfordshire, England) transmitter which serves 410,000 homes. The bright green areas shown where the signal from this transmitter is strong, dark green areas are poorer signals. Those parts shown in yellow may have interference on the same frequency from other masts.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Oxford (Oxfordshire, England) mast?

Oxford transmitter - Oxford transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 19/09/2022 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick


Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name
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Which Freeview channels does the Oxford transmitter broadcast?

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Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C41+ (634.2MHz)295mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) South (Oxford), 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C44- (657.8MHz)295mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (Meridian/Central (Thames Valley micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)295mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)295mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 POP MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C37- (601.8MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 19 others

LOX
 H -10dB
C51 (714.0MHz)295mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd December 2014: 7 Thats Oxford,

com7
 H -7.9dB
C55 (746.0MHz)295mDTG-616,400W
Channel icons


DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Oxford transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South (Oxford) Today 0.4m homes 1.6%
from Oxford OX2 7DW, 6km west-southwest (258°)
to BBC South (Oxford) region - 6 masts.
BBC South (Oxford) Today shares 50% content with Southampton service
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Whiteley PO15 7AD, 102km south (183°)
to ITV Meridian/Central (Thames Valley) region - 15 masts.
Thames Valley opt-out from Meridian (South). All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with all of Meridian+Oxford

How will the Oxford (Oxfordshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-1723 May 2018
VHFC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TW TW T
C2BBCtvwaves
C29SDN
C31com7com7
C37com8com8
C41BBCA
C44D3+4
C46_local
C47BBCB
C49tv_offC5wavesC5waves
C50tv_off SDNSDN
C51tv_offLOXLOX
C53tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4waves+BBCA+BBCA+BBCA
C55tv_offArqBArqBArqBcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off
C57tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCBBBCBBBCB
C59tv_off-ArqA-ArqA-ArqA
C60tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves-D3+4-D3+4-D3+4
C62SDN
C63BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
green background for transmission frequencies
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 14 Sep 11 and 28 Sep 11.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 500kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 100kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 50kW
Analogue 5(-11dB) 40kW
com8(-14.7dB) 17.1kW
com7(-14.8dB) 16.4kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, LOX(-17dB) 10kW
Mux C*, Mux D*(-18dB) 8kW
Mux A*, Mux B*(-19.2dB) 6kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Oxford transmitter area

Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision†
Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1981Associated TeleVision
Jan 1982-Dec 2006Central Independent Television
Dec 2006-Feb 2009ITV Thames Valley
Feb 2009-Dec 2014ITV plc
Feb 1983-Dec 1992TV-am•
Jan 1993-Sep 2010GMTV•
Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only. Oxford was not an original Channel 3 VHF 405-line mast: the historical information shown is the details of the company responsible for the transmitter when it began transmitting Channel 3.

Comments
Sunday, 9 June 2013
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sharon
7:41 PM
Moreton-in-marsh

Do any one know when Lark stoke transmitter is due to a re tune..

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Briantist
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7:45 PM

sharon: there is no retune at lark Stoke

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Thursday, 13 June 2013
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MH
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11:38 AM

Cannot view any ArqA C59 channels today, but has been ok recently - all others fine with no problems. Live in Sutton Courtenay.
Do not seem to be any problems mentioned on Oxford transmitter - wondered what could be the culprit/how to solve. Unless somehow due to it being overcast and windy today.....Suggestions welcomed.

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MH
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6:41 PM

Quick update: Still unable to view ArqA C59 channels on any of my freeview TV's. Messages on various TV's refer to "Weak or no signal" or "None". Just wondered whether 4G could be causing problem?
All other channels continue to be fine....just ArqA.

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Friday, 14 June 2013
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Paul
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7:40 AM

I have not notivcd any problems this week. Is all your equipment suffering the same probem? Can you try using a different aerial? Do any of your neighbours have the same probem?

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MH
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12:13 PM

Same on all my freeview TV's; all working perfectly on all apart from ArqA C59 programmes. Only noticed problems with ArqA yesterday. Unfortunately I do not have alternative to my rooftop aerial which seems to be picking up all other signals well. Bizarre.

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MH
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1:08 PM
Abingdon

Have been looking more closely at my location in relation to Oxford transmitter and mobile phone masts. Apparently 2 EE phone masts within 1.5km of my address and seem to be broadly right behind my aerials line of sight to transmitter. Notes indicate ArqA in higher risk range for 4G interference. Could this be cause of my problem?

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Michael
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2:14 PM

MH: The easiest way to find out if it is 4G, is to call at800 and ask if 4G is operational in your area, which it most probably isn't, and to check with neighbours as Paul mentioned, as they will also be suffering problems.

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Saturday, 15 June 2013
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MH
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

2:27 PM

No indication on at800 that 4G operational in my area at present and immediate neighbours confirmed no Freeview issues with ArqA C59 programmes all OK, including Sky News - they have aerial in loft, mine is higher up on chimney breast.
Seems to be single multiplex problem that suddenly developed on Wednesday.
Lagbear distribution box in loft seems to be functioning ok and the RF Out on my Sky box is set to 40, which should not cause any conflict.Have also done freeview reset.
Signal Strength/Quality as indicated by my Toshiba TV for each multiplex are:
C50 Midway between Weak & Average/Poor
C53 Average/Average
C55 Midway between Weak & Average/Poor
C59 No signal
C60 Strong/Good

A very mixed bag og strengths/quality.
Looks like I will need to get someone in to sort things out.

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Brennig
2:35 PM
Witney

Well, the weather has deteriorated; black skies, pouring rain, howling wind and, with it, comes a degraded television service. Film 4 is beyond unwatchable. A quick flick through the TV channels shows a similar story elsewhere. What was the line about digital TV providing a superior service? OX28 5JJ.

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